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Students lack ample review time in class before exams

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A variety of notes from different classes are scattered around. AP exams start Mon. May 7, and some students fear they are not yet adequately prepared to take them.

A variety of notes from different classes are scattered around. AP exams start Mon. May 7, and some students fear they are not yet adequately prepared to take them.

A variety of notes from different classes are scattered around. AP exams start Mon. May 7, and some students fear they are not yet adequately prepared to take them.

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As the days become warmer, anxiety becomes greater. The deadlines are fast approaching and students have increasingly less time to prepare for their exams. However, most students choose not to take the blame for this. The myriad of snow days and weather disasters have done more than inconvenience; students have lost lots of time that would have been used to review and study.

“All the days that we missed from snow kind of threw [teachers] off,” junior Diana Leib said.

We all were quite unprepared for the snow of late March. Although thoroughly enjoyed by students, it did present many issues. The snow isn’t the only factor that contributed to the current conundrum.

“One school year is barely enough time to cover all the curriculum in the first place,” junior Maddie Fasnacht said. “They end up having to cover three weeks worth of material in the week before the exam.”

Students need a comprehensive understanding of a subject to pass the exam. Teachers can only give us this by going in depth on each individual topic.”

— junior Maddie Fasnacht

Students often find themselves learning new material with only days left until their exam, leaving them with little to no time for review.

“Students need a comprehensive understanding of a subject to pass the exam,” Fasnacht said. “Teachers can only give us this by going in depth on each individual topic.”

Teachers can be forced to rush through their final units, and students are cramming as much of it into their brains as they possibly can. But some information won’t stick before the exam rolls around.

“[The class was] doing a practice multiple choice question,” Leib said. “And there was a question no one knew and we got it all wrong. We asked why we didn’t know it and it was because we never went over it because we didn’t have time.”

Some teachers have more material to cover than they have time to cover it. Others spend more time than necessary on units the students already understand.

“What if a topic near the end of the year is covered on the exam?” Fasnacht said. “If there’s a short answer question on something a teacher rushed to cover, I only know the basics.”

Maybe some kids aren’t good test takers, regardless of how much they study. When the clock is ticking, they can’t seem to write a thesis statement to save their own life. Maybe others aren’t good at studying. They can’t seem to connect terms to ideas, even after hours of flashcards. the information overload only serves to confuse them further.

“I can hardly remember things from the first semester,” Fasnacht said. “Even if I study, there’s no way that I’ll be able to cover everything.”

This isn’t a recent issue, either; students find themselves faced with this problem nearly every year. Hopefully by identifying a problem, we can propose a possible solution.

“[Teachers should] plan to end teaching new material sooner,” Leib said.  “So that if we have snow days, it won’t backlash on us and we’d have extra time to review at the end.”

Both students and teachers alike are forced to deal with the consequences, and no one is sure who is to blame. When the curriculum is weighed down with more information than necessary, and when weather is unpredictable from one day to the next, maybe no one’s at fault.

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